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Brushing and flossing twice a day is key to keeping your teeth healthy. One of the easiest ways to make sure you brush and floss twice a day is to implement it into your morning and bedtime routines. Brushing in the morning is useful to clean your mouth of any bacterias that grows at night. If you are going to drink anything sugary or acidic like a tea or coffee, brushing afterwards can work to eliminate bacteria, instead of letting it grow all day uninhibited. Brushing and flossing at night is great because it means taking care of all the food that was left from eating and drinking throughout the day. Most people find it helpful to make brushing and flossing a part of their routine, maybe doing it before or after a shower or when you do an evening skin care routine. The important thing is to do it consistently in the morning and the evening.
In addition to brushing and flossing twice a day, you might have heard that you should visit your dentist twice a year for a check up and deep clean. But if you are brushing and flossing, why is it important to make these visits with your dentist anyways? The reality is, your dentist is able to offer a deeper, more thorough clean than what you are able to do at home. In addition, preventative care allows your dentist to identify problems before they become major and expensive issues. Long term, you will save yourself time, money, and headache with these twice a year visits.
Hydration is one of your easiest and best tools for maintaining great oral hygiene. It cannot be understated how important drinking lots of water can benefit your health, especially here in Phoenix when the temperatures inevitably rise. As it pertains to your teeth, hydration keeps your mouth from drying out and allows sufficient amounts of saliva to work and prevent bacterias that can lead to a buildup of plaque and gum disease. The saliva in your mouth serves an important purpose in maintaining healthy teeth and gums and the best way to keep saliva is to hydrate often. It is recommended to drink anywhere from 11 cups to 16 cups of water a day.
Sometimes, the simplest change someone needs to make to improve their oral hygiene is just a simple toothbrush swap. Turns out, that old, overused toothbrush that's been used since the 90s might not be up to the task anymore. According to the CDC, your toothbrush ought to be replaced after about 3-4 months due to the fact that old, worn out bristles become increasingly ineffective at removing plaque from teeth. While some toothbrushes are better than others, the most important part is actually doing it and doing it regularly.
No matter how you start this year in regards to your dental health, we want to help you take steps to finish better than it began. North Valley Dentistry has worked in the Phoenix valley for almost 30 years, helping people with all things dental. If you are looking for a quality experience at the dentist, our team can help. If you are interested in setting an appointment, give us a call at 602-866-8800.